Why You Should (or Shouldn’t?) Rush Out & Buy Pokémon for the Nintendo Switch

Okay, so maybe I’m a little late to the party on this one, but oh well. Have you played the new Pokémon games for the Nintendo Switch? If not, you should. For those of us millennials who grew up huddled under blankets sneaking the various colors of Pokémon on the Gameboy Color – these games both bring up that wonderful nostalgia and introduces a new and fun way to play games with your kids. This is a great game that the whole family can enjoy on rainy or cold days; or, for a fun family game night. Below, I list the pros & cons of Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!

Pros

Pro #1: Your kids will get ADDICTED

Not just fun for them, but fun for us parents to see the Christmas-morning-like joy on their faces every time they get the chance to play.

Pro #2: You’ll enjoy it, too

Just like the good ol’ days, you’re bound to get just as into the new iteration of Pokémon as you did with your Gameboy Color (except this time you won’t need a worm light). These games are both pretty identical, and they are so similar to the originals with a few improvements. I was concerned at first that it would be so dissimilar from what I remembered that I wouldn’t enjoy it, but it did not disappoint.

Pro #3: Everyone can play together

This might be the best aspect. One issue our family has with video games, tv, phones, or other screen time is that it is overtly not a constructive activity. (You can read my post about screen time or literally thousands of others that discuss the pitfalls of too much screen time). However, with these Pokémon games, it encourages you to play as a group AND to get on your feet to catch those Pokémon. It involves 2 characters through the majority of the game – the main one can be controlled by the parent and makes most of the interactions throughout the game. They choose where to go and who to talk to or battle/catch. The second character can rotate among the children. This character is still free to roam around, but does not choose interactions or the direction you are headed on the map. This lets the little ones play freely but not screw up your game. When you engage in a battle or try to catch a Pokémon, both controllers equally participate in the battle moves or in throwing the poke balls.

Our daughter, Ava (4), using the Poke ball remote

Cons

Con #1: Your kids will get ADDICTED

Yeah. This is a pro AND a con. When you get the game, you’ll see why. The addiction is real, people. Every moment that you’re NOT playing this game is going to be filled with crying, whining, and fit-throwing for the game. You will, inevitably get into the game, and your kids will take over. Thus, completely ruining any progress you attempt to make with leveling up, catching new Pokémon, etc. Consider yourself warned.

Con #2: It might get out of hand

As I mentioned earlier, we like to limit screen time in our house. Usually a 1-hour maximum is what we enforce, and give bonus time only for educational activities such as ABC Mouse or Pebble Go. This game leads you to temptation that goes WELL beyond that 1-hour mark. As you may remember from the old Pokémon games of yore, it’s easy to get caught up in the adventure and challenge of catching and leveling Pokémon to the point where you lose track of time. Fortunately, this hasn’t caused our family any lasting damage, but Ashley and I do have to work together to make sure we don’t get carried away.

That’s it for now. I may add updates later… Not sure. But yeah – I highly recommend this game for folks who enjoyed the old Gameboy Color games and even those who don’t.

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